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April 24, 2014

'Marriage is a fundamental freedom, and freedom means freedom for everyone'

Today, 23 April, a federal court judge heard arguments challenging Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union, and two law firms, brought the case on behalf of two same-sex couples and a local gay rights group called Basic Rights Oregon.

April 23, 2014

Dr Barry Morgan said many religious leaders are using the Bible to fight against LGBTI equality, suggesting there is no single Christian viewpoint on gay relationships

Gay couples who want to get married should be patient if they want the blessing of the Church in Wales, its archbishop has said today (23 April).

The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales took place on 29 March with many gay couples able to say they were one of the first to be officially married.

In the legislation passed by parliament, the Church of England and the Church in Wales was expressly banned from blessing same-sex marriages.

Other religious organizations had the power to ‘opt-in’ if they wished.

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

April 23, 2014

The man dubbed the most bankable wrestler in the history of professional wrestling says that anyone who is in love should be allowed to marry and that he’s ‘absolutely for same-sex marriage’

90’s World Wrestling Federation pro-star ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin has backed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, questioning who gave churches the right to decide who is allowed to marry or not.

‘There has been a lot of f***ing stuff in the news lately about same-sex marriage - everybody’s going crazy about this and some of the churches say “oh no can do, you can’t do that,”’ the man nicknamed the Texas Rattlesnake said in a recent profanity-laden podcast.

April 23, 2014

Gay rights activist says: ‘Oh look. The process of forgetting what all the fuss was about RE: same-sex marriage has begun'

Same-sex marriage is now a reality in England and Wales, and it appears the first legal unions a little less than a month ago has drastically changed people’s views.

A majority of Conservative and UKIP supporters, traditionally known as the ‘homophobic’ parties, are now in favor of same-sex marriage.

A study found 61% of Tories and 54% of UKIP supporters said they would agree same-sex couples deserve to have legal unions.

April 22, 2014

Lead plaintiff Christopher Inniss: 'Marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are'

A federal lawsuit was filed on Tuesday (22 April) by three same-sex couples and a widow challenging the state of Georgia's ban on gay marriage.

The plaintiffs on the case are: Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman of Snellville; Rayshawn Chandler and Avery Chandler of Jonesboro; Michael Bishop and Shane Thomas of Atlanta; and Jennifer Sisson of Decatur.

Inniss, veterinarian and pet resort owner, said in a statement released by Lambda Legal that he and Stroman have been together 13 years, own a home and a business together and are raising a son.

April 17, 2014

Charles Cooper is helping to plan wedding, says his views on gay marriage continue to 'evolve'

Attorney Charles Cooper led the legal fight to have California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition  8 upheld by the courts.

He ultimately lost that fight in the US Supreme Court and now, ironically, finds himself helping to plan the wedding of his lesbian stepdaughter.

Cooper had argued to the nation's highest court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

April 16, 2014

Timothy Black stayed his ruling striking down state's marriage ban to prevent 'premature celebration and confusion'

The federal judge in Ohio who struck down the state's ban on gay marriage this week has ordered that the marriages of the four same-sex couples involved in the case as plaintiffs be recognized immediately.

Judge Timothy Black is making those couples an exception to the stay he issued on his ruling pending appeal.

April 16, 2014

Northern Ireland politicians are making a third bid to legalize same-sex marriage, following England, Wales and Scotland

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

It is the only nation in the UK to have not already passed same-sex marriage.

But now six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have filed a motion calling for marriage equality.

The private members motion is due to be debated on 29 April.

The motion notes that England, Wales and Scotland have ‘moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples’.

April 16, 2014

Several people are outraged and choosing to leave the Church of Norway over their 'lack of understanding' on religious same-sex marriage

Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, said she was disappointed by the Church of Norway’s decision to not marry gay couples today (16 April).

Last week (8 April), the Church of Norway voted against carrying out same-sex ceremonies in their religious buildings to the great dismay of its members.

Solberg told NRK: ‘I respect the Church of Norway's decision [to not marry gay couples].

'I’m a member of the church myself and of course I have my personal opinions.’

April 15, 2014

American Civil Liberties Union wants state to recognize the 300-plus same-sex marriages that took place last month

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday (14 April) to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed in Michigan last month are recognized by the state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.

April 15, 2014

Married same-sex couples in the United States are celebrating this year’s tax filing deadline as the first time they can file joint tax returns - and they can even refile for past years when they were denied benefits

US gay married couples have celebrated this year’s tax filing deadline as the first where they can file joint tax returns and they can even refile their returns for previous years where they were denied recognition.

The occasion was celebrated at a Monday press conference in New York with Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney and Village People cowboy Randy Jones.

April 14, 2014

Dwayne Morgan, the pastor who officiated the wedding, believes 'God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender'

A couple have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first gay wedding in a church.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden were married at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth yesterday (13 April)

On 29 March, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally allowed to walk down the aisle and marry officially.

Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the wedding, said he decided to officiate the wedding because he believes ‘God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender.’

April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 14, 2014

Republicans in the US state of Nevada have dropped opposing same-sex couple’s right to wed from their platform in an effort to create a more inclusive party

Nevada state Republicans have voted to remove opposition to same-sex marriage from their party platform as a US Court of Appeals considers a legal challenge to the state’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to wed.

The vote was held on Saturday at a Nevada state Republican convention and passed on a show of hands by the 520 delegates present.

The new platform removes references to marriage being only between a man and a woman.

April 13, 2014

The Church of England faces 'crisis' as it comes under pressure to discipline the clergyman for breaking the rules and as other clergy members may follow suit

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a hospital chaplain, has become the first Church of England clergyman to enter into a same-sex marriage under Britain’s new marriages laws when he married his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51, on Saturday.

Local media reports say the move is expected to plunge the Church into a fresh crisis as it is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Church is also strongly opposed Britain’s newly-introduced same-sex marriage laws.

April 12, 2014

'Loving teaches that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, even if the way in which it is practiced would have surprised the Framers or made them feel uncomfortable'

The attorney general of Virginia submitted a brief supporting a judge's decision the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

In papers filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Attorney General Mark Herring maintained blocking gay marriage mirrored the prohibition against interracial marriage.

April 11, 2014

Upcoming political party has stunned the LGBTI community, who the Supreme Court made illegal last year, by fighting for equality

An Indian political party that describes itself ‘for the people’ has promised to legalize homosexuality if they win the upcoming election.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, translated as Common People Party), have revealed their Mumbai manifesto and in it speak out on LGBTI rights.

Known as the ‘anti-corruption’ party, the AAP are hoping the 814 million Indians who are eligible to vote will give them their support in the run up to the most hotly contested election in recent memory.

April 11, 2014

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota have state bans on same-sex marriage that are not being challenged in the courts as Americans wait to see if the Supreme Court will finally decide the issue for the nation

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota still have state bans on same-sex marriage that are yet to be challenged in court and that number will soon dwindle to four after a South Dakota couple announced they will take legal action against their state.

Across the rest of America and Puerto Rico there are currently 65 lawsuits in progress against bans on same-sex couples marrying – including 44 in federal courts, meaning the issue could soon come before the US Supreme Court again.

April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.

April 10, 2014

An Italian court has ruled that the 2012 New York same-sex marriage of an Italian gay couple must be legally recognized in a legal first

An Italian court has recognized the marriage of an Italian same-sex couple in a legal first – finding that there is no reference to the genders of who can marry in Italy’s civil code.

The couple took the municipality of Grosseto to court after its registrar refused to register their overseas marriage in New York in December of 2012 – finding that Italian jurisdictions should recognize any marriage that was legally conducted abroad.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 9, 2014

Alan Simpson says in new ad: 'I have had a wonderful married life, why shouldn’t somebody else have the joy of marriage'

Retired US Senator Alan Simpson became a political rarity this week: he is Republican who has come out very publicly in favor of gay marriage.

Simpson, who served in the Senate for 18 years before retiring in 1997, felt so strongly about the issue that he agreed to appear in a television ad for the group Freedom to Marry.

April 8, 2014

While same-sex couples are able to get their unions blessed by individual priests, the religious leaders are banned from carrying out marriage ceremonies


The Church of Norway voted against priests carrying out gay marriage ceremonies today (8 April).

The vote was split against the proposal to allow same-sex unions in churches, with 51 religious leaders voting in favor and 64 against.

The National Association for LGBT people (LLH) said they were 'disappointed' by the vote.